Kandy is well known for the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa, where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is preserved. Kandy Esala Perahera is a festival celebrated over ten days leading up to the Nikini full moon day during July or August. During the Perahera, a replica of the tooth relic is taken on an elephant’s back in a procession accompanied by dancers, drummers, other elephants and people. Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is another attraction of both local and foreign tourists; a park which holds an amazing diversity of plants and flowers.
The Esala Perahera (Procession) is one of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular festivals. This celebration continues for 10 consecutive days during the months of July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
The purpose of the procession is to carry the Tooth Relic of Buddha kept in the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) on other days, so the masses can see and venerate.The main Perahera procession consist of up of 5 separate processions: The Dalada Maligawa Perahera, The Natha Dewala Perahera, The Maha Vishnu Dewala Perahera, The Katharagama Dewale Perahera, and The Pattini Dewale Perahera.
The procession has such a large variety of performers from fire-juggling acrobats traditional dancers, musicians and palanquins to whip crackers, torch bearers and even elephants decorated and neon-lighted garments. The procession also includes thousands of barefoot pilgrims who have traveled far to be a part of it.